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Beginner’s BJJ Class

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


Carlson Gracie Essex is pleased to announce that from Tuesday 17th July a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners class will be added to the current timetable at SD Martial Arts, Colchester.

•     Classes will be every Tuesday 18:30-19:30

The beginners programme will be focussed on teaching the fundamentals of Jiu-jitsu at a pace and intensity appropriate for the complete novice.

Classes will also be suitable for those currently training other martial arts who wish to learn the ground aspect of fighting.  These classes will also be an excellent introduction for those wishing to train a martial art for the first time and to prepare aspiring BJJ practitioners for more advanced training.

You can train BJJ to:

•        Get in shape

•        Reduce stress

•        Have fun

•        Acquire a new skill

•        Learn to defend yourself


“I am a 44 year old child protection social worker with 4 children and a grandchild. I have not done any exercise for 10 years. I began BJJ 3 months ago and I attend 2 private sessions a week with Alain Pozo as I am unable to get to the classes.

It was a little scary going to the gym as I imagined it being full of super fit people with big egos to match. Of course there are many very fit people; however I couldn’t have been more wrong as it turned out to be a friendly and welcoming place.

My fitness levels have increased so much and I am feeling more confident. I am eating healthily and I have lost a stone in weight and 3 inches off my waist, hips and thighs. I have a stressful job but when I leave my sessions I feel distressed and happy.

BJJ has changed my life and I have definitely got the BJJ bug, I would go every day if I could. I would recommend BJJ to anybody of any age, fitness level or background, just take the plunge, you won’t regret it. I would also recommend Alain as he is a fantastic trainer!”  Tracey


 “4.5 months ago I made one of the best decisions in my fitness life and that decision was to start Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ). If someone would have told me that it would start to develop into a lifestyle I would have doubted them. However almost 5 months on it has become a big part of my life and helped me to focus on areas in life; like training hard, diet, conditioning, pushing myself and weight loss. During the time I have been training BJJ I have lost a total of 9 kilos!

 From day one head coach Alain Pozo makes you feel like one of the team, and its his passion for the BJJ lifestyle that translates through to his technical, coaching and conditioning knowledge. Unlike some martial arts I have trained in before there is little room for ego or attitude in classes, and the camaraderie between the students is what helps to push yourself when you feel you’ve got nothing left in the tank, makes you want to eat well and live well. It’s not often you find environments in life where everyone around you wants to better their previous performance but at Carlson Gracie Essex it’s clear to see.” David

Competition Schedule

Friday, August 5th, 2011


A selection of  upcoming BJJ and no-gi tournaments:

September 11 2011
Groundcontrol Grappling (Manchester)

October 01-02 2011
London International Open IBJJF Championship (Crystal Palace, London)

October 23 2011
GoToTheGround – Round 04 (Ipswich)

October 23 2011
No Gi British Open (Birmingham)

November 05 2011
NAGA 2nd Grappling / BJJ Tournament (Paris, France)

November 12-13
Swedish Open (Stenungsund, Sweden)

November 26-27 2011
The English Open BJJ Championships (Dartford)

There will be HUGE medals!
There will be a repechage
There will be Acai
There will be an accurate timetable
There will be comfortable seats for spectators
There will be prizes for some divisions
There will be superfights

More updates to follow soon!

Please speak to Alain or send a message if you are interested in competiting in any of the upcoming events.

Please be aware that Brazilian Jiujitsu is a full contact grappling art. In the interests of safety the instructor will make the final decision on the students eligibility to compete.

GoToTheGround 3 Report

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011


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-84kg Novice Gold –  Daniel Rainbird
+60kg Juvenile Gold –  Dom Harris
-60kg Juvenile Gold –  Kieren Hopgood
Female Mixed Silver –  Kerry Masarati
-84kg Novice Silver –  Dom Harris
-70kg Intermediate Bronze –  Shane Ruffell
-92kg Novice Bronze –  Nikolas Maschas
-77kg Novice Bronze –  Tom Baillie
-65kg Novice Bronze –  Kieren Hopgood

A huge congratulations to all the guys who competed at the weekend. Despite their young ages Kieren, Dom and Harry Ryan made the difficult step-up into the adult divisions for the first time in an open competition and conducted themselves fantastically, all winning fights. They have a bright future in the sport.  Frank Sandersan demonstrated a dangerous submission game in the intermediate division before having to withdraw due to injury. Ryan Carter won two fights via a smooth triangle to armbar combination. After 3 hard fights James Costa ceded the bronze to his teammate via the most amusing fight of the day ( Kerry proved her potential and will to fight in her first grappling competition against a more experienced opponent- this is only the beginning. Daniel, Shane, Tom and Nik the Greek put on great displays of BJJ to win their medals.  All competitors displayed true Carlson Gracie spirit and made their coach very proud.

Carlson Gracie Essex also brought along a junior grappling team from Colchester, eager to put their skills to the test in tournament. They put on some great matches and clearly enjoyed themselves. Special mention to Anthony Ozer – who, at only five years old, may be one of the youngest no-gi competitors in the UK.

A massive THANK YOU to the organisers for putting on another great competition, and all the supporters from Carlson Gracie Essex who came along to help and cheer along your team mates.



GoToTheGround III

Monday, June 20th, 2011


The third Go to the Ground no-gi submission grappling competition will take place on 3rd July 2011.

This is a well organised event which we highly recomend attending. Carlson Gracie Essex has always had a good showing at these competitions. We hope to take another large team and bring back plenty of medals.

Adults, please get your entries in on the website. Registration closes midnight Thursday 30th June 2011.

Any juniors and juveniles wanting to compete, please register your interest will Alain as soon as possible.

Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational Report

Friday, May 27th, 2011

 Alain Pozo Gold

Sarah Merriner and Carlson Gracie BJJ Essex head coach, Alain Pozo travelled up to the Birmingham NEC on the weekend to represent Carlson Gracie Revolution Team at this event.


Sarah Merriner – Gold – Female +60kg Bluebelt

Sarah Merriner – Gold – Female +60 kg No-gi

Alain Pozo – Gold – No-gi Super Bout v.s Simon McGovern

Sarah competed in both the gi and no-gi events. She won all her fights, two by submission, and did not have a point or advantage scored against her. Sarah remains undeafeated in no-gi submission grappling.

Alain won in a no-gi superbout against the high level Gracie Barra Lagarto Brown Belt Simon McGovern.

Also, a special mention for friend of Carlson Gracie Essex, Claudio Henrique, who also won his no-gi super bout against RGA Black Belt Nick Gregoriades.

Congratulations all.


BJJ Essex Open

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

 alain-2.jpgFor those of you who wish to enter the BJJ Essex Open, please register HERE

(Juveniles and juniors please speak to Alain, and let him know your weight.)

Event information can be found at

There will be a large turnout from Carlson Gracie BJJ Revolution Team this year. If you can’t complete, please come along to spectate and cheer along your team mates.